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|MCSB's McFarland faces tax liens|
Monroe City School board member Rodney McFarland faces two tax liens for failing to pay some $14,000 in federal taxes, according to records at the Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court's Office.
Records indicate the Internal Revenue Service filed for two tax liens in 2004. The liens cover each tax year from 1996 until 2000.
The first lien covers tax years 1996 and 2000. The lien says McFarland owed some $4,607 from the 1996-2000 time frame.
The second of the liens is for tax years 1997, 1998 and 1999. That lien totals some $9,584.58.
The IRS can file for a tax lien on property owned by taxpayers should a taxpayer default on payments owed the IRS.
Liens are also common in the case of disputed taxes, or when a party claims to owe less in taxes the government demands.
McFarland said that is the case with the liens he faces in his dealings with the IRS. He said he was working to resolve the matter.
McFarland declined to comment further on the liens, saying it is an open dispute with the IRS.
McFarland's dispute with IRS is not the only run-in with authorities he currently faces.
The State Police currently is investigating whether McFarland, Monroe City Schools Superintendent Dr. James Dupree, Monroe City School Board member Brenda Shelling and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo engaged in any illegal activities concerning Dupree's contract being renewed at Monroe City Schools.
4th Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones asked the State Police to conduct the investigation. Jones was asked to get involved in the matter by state Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek. Pastorek wrote Jones a letter, requesting that Jones investigate bribery allegations stemming from the Monroe City School Board renewing Dupree's contract.
McFarland is a pastor and also owns a chain of funeral homes scattered across northeastern Louisiana.
McFarland represents District 5 on the Monroe City School Board. District 5 includes a number of schools on Monroe's impoverished south side. His district also includes two of the city's three high schools.
McFarland gained notoriety earlier this year when he changed his vote to renew Dupree's contract. He initially voted against renewing Dupree's contract.